Puppy love

2016-09-21 06:00

WELL-KNOWN Greytown dog trainer Brenda Munitich will be writing a series of articles all about dogs and how to turn them into good citizens.

This week is about acquiring a puppy:

"Before you buy a puppy consult all the members of your family. Consider the function that the dog will be expected to fulfill.

• Do you want a purebred or a mongrel bearing in mind that many purebreds are developed for a specific purpose e.g the Border Collie is primarily a stock dog, the Labrador a hunting dog.

• Will you have enough time to train and exercise your puppy and are you prepared to put up with 'accidents' that need cleaning up?

• Have you considered the costs involved in feeding, housing, grooming and veterinary costs?

• Can you provide a safe place and proper shelter for your puppy while the family are out?

• Have you considered that the “cute, fluffy puppy” you choose will grow quickly into an adult and be with you for 10 or more years.

• Before you buy a purebred have you taken time to talk to the breeders and observe the breed of your choice at training or in a house setting. Ask to see the parents.

• Do you want a bitch or a dog? It matters little whether you choose a dog or a bitch, although a spayed bitch is probably better suited to most urban homes. In any event you should have your dog spayed or neutered at about six months of age.

Next week: Fetching your puppy.

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